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Armor Magazine, May-June 1989

Armor Magazine, May-June 1989

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)st of us like to do the fun things that comewith our business, like shooting and manewer-ing. And guys in our sister branches get just asexcited about shooting large bullets at targetsthey can't see and jumping from perfectly opera-tional airplanes. But when
it
comes to trackingthe ammo, fuel, and chow from supply point toconsumer, we would rather let someone
else
handle the mundane, unglamorous details.
We
tend to the attitude illustrated by a remark thatAdmiral Ernest J. King made to a staff officer in1942,
"I
don't know what the hell this 'logistics'is that Marshall is always talking about, but
I
want some of
it."
Few would challenge the wisdom of a state-ment attributed to the Duke of Wellington duringthe Peninsular Campaign in
181
1
"It
is verynecessary to attend to all this detail and to tracea biscuit from Lisbon into a man's mouth on thefrontier and to provide for its removal from placeto place by land
or
by water, or no militaryoperations can be carried out."Nevertheless, logistics continues to be a pain
in
the neck and
it's
getting lower all
the
time. Toexamine some facets of the problem, we offer atrilogy of articles. In Armor's Achilles Heel,Tank Sergeant author Ralph Zumbro throws thelight of hindsight on the difficulties in trying tosupply dispersed armor units in Vietnam. MAJMartin
E.
Dempsey and CPT Alfred C. Tannerteam up to offer solutions to the dilemma oftrying to refuel while providing the enemy alucrative target, in Hot Refuel: Part of
the
Agility Equation. And finally,
1
LT Michael
P.
Gil-
roy
explains well how to use a support matrix tosimplify and streamline
the
difficult supportplatoon mission in The Battalion SupportPlatoon at the NTC.George
A.
Custer did many things well. Forall we know, Generals Terry and Gibbon mayhave said, "You done good," to him on manyoccasions. But in June
1876,
Custer's intel-ligence preparation of the battlefield couldhave used some work. 1LT Steven J. Martintakes a non-traditional ook at the LittleBighorn debacle in Defeat at the GreasyGrass, and shows us how to reap lessonsfrom pre-mechanized history applicable to thefind art of IPB.
A
pair of authors provides insight on how tomagnify two combat multipliers. While we tendto think "defense" when we think mortars, CPTRichard F. Atkinson shows us the flip side inEmploying he Heavy Mortar Platoon
in
theOffensive. And CPT Richard
G.
Cardillo Jr. ex-plains how critical the commander's intent isto the
FSO
in Commander's Intent and theField Artillery.In a more lighthearted vein, MAJ HaroldCoyle, author of the best-sellers, TeamYankee and Sword Point, gives us his tongue-in-cheek version of the origin of
the
NTC inBook One: Genocide.In concluding,
I
would like to introduce oyou PFC Jody Harmon, our new contributingartist. This issue marks his first cover, and youcan find his work throughout the issue. Hejoins SFC Robert Torsrud in producing llustra-tions of a quality that we think is the best inthe professional bulletin business.There is more here.
If
you can't find some-thing you can use,it'syour fault.
-
PJC
By Order of the Secretary of the Army:CARL
E.
VUONO
General, United States
Army
Chief of StaffOfficial:WILLIAM
J.
MEEHAN
11
Brigadier General, United States ArmyThe Adjutant General
 
I
The Professional Development Bulletin of the Armor Branch PB-
1
7-89-3
(Test)
Editor-in-Chief
MAJOR PATRICK J. COONEY
Managing Editor
JON
T.
CLEMENS
Commandant
MG THOMAS H. TAlT
ARMOR
(ISSN
00042420)
is publishedbimonthly by the US. Army Armor Center, 4401Vine Grove Road,
Fort
Knox,
KY
40121.Disclaimer: The information contained inARMOR represents the professional opinions ofthe authors and does not necessarily reflect theofficial Army or TRADOC position, nor does itchange or supersede any informationpresented
in
other official Army publications.Official distribution is limited to one copy foreach heavy brigade headquarters, armoredcavalry regiment headquarters, armor battalionheadquarters, armored cavalry squadron head-quarters, reconnaissance squadron head-quarters, armored cavalry troop, armor com-pany, and motorized brigade headquarters
of
the United States Army. In addition, Armyllbrarles, Army and
DOD
schools, HQ DA andMACOM staff agencles with responsibiltty or ar-mored, direct fire, ground combat systems, or-ganizations, and the training of personnel forsuch organizations may requesttwocopies bysending a military letter to the editor-inchief.Authorized Content: ARMOR will print onlythose materials for which the
US.
Army ArmorCenter has proponency. That proponency ln-cludes: all armored, direct-fire ground combatsystems that do not serve primarily as infantrycarriers; all weapons used exclusively in thesesystems or by CMF 19serles enlisted soldiers;any miscellaneous items of equipment whicharmor and armored cavalry organizations useexclusively; training for
all
SC 12A, 128, and12C officers and for all CMF-%series enlistedsoldiers; and information concerning the train-ing, logistics, history, and leadership of armorand armored cavalry units at the brigadehegi-ment level and below, to include Threat units atthose levels.Material may be reprinted, provided credit isgiven to ARMOR and to the author, exceptwhere copyright is indicated.
May-June
1989,
Vol
XCVIll
No.
3
Features
7121418212532
35
373942
45
48
Armor’s Achilles Heel
by Ralph Zumbro
Book One: Genocide (Or How the NTC Came to Be)
by MAJ Harold W. Coyle
Hot Refuel: Part of the Agility Equation
by MAJ Martin
E.
Dempsey and CPT Alfred C. Tanner
Tactical Weaknesses Seen at the NTC
by LTC Peter
F.
Manza
Team-COFT Training for the CAT ’89 CompetitionDefeat at the Greasy Grass: IntelligenceOperations at the Battle of the Little Bighorn
by 1LT Steven
J.
Martin
Employing the Heavy Mortar Platoon in the Offensive
by CPT Richard
F.
Atkinson
The Battalion Support Platoon at the NTC
by
1LT
Michael P. Gilroy
To
Estimate the Situation
by MAJ Michael W. Symanski
Reinforcing Leadership in the AOBC Officer
by CPT Mark
E.
Asbury and CPT Jesse White
To Gain and Maintain
by LTC Robert
R.
vany and CPT Michael D. Formica
Commander’s Intent and the Field Artillery
by CPT Richard G. Cardillo, Jr.
Leadership: Loving and Taking Care
of
Your Soldiers
by MAJ Joseph N.G. LeBoeuf
Departments
2
Letters
6
Recognition Quiz
2
Contacts
20
Recognition Quiz Answers
4
Commander’s Hatch
50
Bustle Rack
5
Driver’s Seat
52
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